By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
Ogun State Ministry of Culture and Tourism has discovered five new tourist sites in Ogun Waterside Local Government Area of the state.
The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Dr. Oluwatoyin Taiwo disclosed this at the 2021 Budget Defense of the Ministry, held at the State’s House of Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
According to him, the newly discovered sites were Ekusu Island, which links Makun Omi with Ondo, Edo, Delta and Lagos States, the magical and medicinal Ifaara stream, Ajebo Trade by Barter Market, Makun-Omi beach resort and the Makun-Omi Oba’s Palace.
Dr. Taiwo, stated that the Ministry, in the year under review was able to generate 62.93 percent of its expected revenue of Eight million, three Hundred and sixty-eight thousand Naira (N 8,368,000), despite the effects of COVID 19 pandemic on tourism sector, adding that the Ministry has begun different projects that would boost the revenue of the State in the next fiscal year.
In his remark, Chairman House Committee on Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon. Yusuff Adejojo, charged the Ministry to synergize with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology on ways to encourage and mobilise students to visit the State tourists’ site, in order to pass the heritage and history to younger generations and save it from going into extinction.
Also, in their separate submissions, the Chairman, Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Olakunle Sobukonla appealed to the Ministry, to create more awareness for the second story building in Nigeria situated in Ota, while the house member, representing Ogun Waterside, Hon. Akeem Balogun submitted that the Area J4 forest reserved noted for elephants should be utilized as a wildlife tourist attraction site.